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Social Work Collection
Like The Others | Director: Constantin Wulff
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Austria | Language: German (with full English subtitles available)
Mental illness is still a taboo in our society, even more so when it concerns children. A rare insight into the daily life at a child and adolescent psychiatric centre – we meet dedicated therapists, parents and patients with very different problems, united in the struggle to feel "like the others".
A Brave Heart | Director: Sara Bordo
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
The Genius of Marian | Director: Banker White Anna Fitch
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease as her son, the filmmaker, lovingly documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. After she is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pam's husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia | Director: James Redford
Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
A dyslexic high school student pursues admission to a leading college – a challenge for a boy who didn’t learn to read until 4th grade. Additional accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders at the top of their fields, help us to understand that dyslexia, a persistent problem with learning to read, can be as great a gift as it sometimes is an obstacle.
Still Loved | Director: Debbie Howard
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: United Kingdom | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
An uplifting story celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. This thought-provoking film takes us beyond grief, showing how love, generosity and humour can prevail, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Over three years we explore the complexity and reality for families surviving the loss of a baby.
Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, mothers, grandparents and siblings, this is a brave, inclusive and ultimately life-affirming film.
I Am Kuba | Director: Ase Svenheim Drivenes
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Germany, Norway, Poland | Language: Polish (with full English subtitles available)
When the family business goes bankrupt, Kuba and Mikołaj's parents are forced to leave Poland to find work abroad. "I am Kuba" is a coming-of-age film about the twelve-year-old Kuba who must take care of his eight-year-old brother while his parents are away. As times goes by, Kuba becomes a teenager and rejects the big responsibility on his young shoulders. His family is forced to make a life changing decision.
It is estimated that in Poland alone more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad.
Echoes of War | Director: Joop van Wijk
Year of production: 2005 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: English, Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
War and violence leave behind the dead, the wounded, the maimed, the victims and the witnesses. “Echoes of War” is a documentary with animated sequences about child survivors of wars and violent conflicts in Afghanistan, New York, Columbia and Sierra Leone. Children who have lost their parents through such tragedies take us into their lives and share their memories, nightmares and dreams. Through intertwining the children's life stories with the animated sequences, the film offers a sensitive and moving portrayal about the consequences of war.
A Lion in the House | Director: Steven Bognar Julia Reichert
Year of production: 2006 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
A LION IN THE HOUSE follows the stories of five exceptional children and their families as they battle paediatric cancer. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, this series documents the stresses that can tear a family apart as well as the courage of children facing the possibility of death with honesty, dignity and humor.
As the film compresses six years into one narrative, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers who struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease.
Sea of Butterfly | Director: Park Bae-il
Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Korea (South) | Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)
After an 8-year relationship, Jae-nyeon and Woo-young decide to get married. Though similar brain lesions define them, the pair must confront and resolve marital issues identical to any other couple.
Sea of Butterfly shows that even the disabled are not exempted from patriarchal marriage customs. The first half of the film depicts the fear and loneliness that results from Wooyoung’s hasty decisions. Later, his mother’s perspectives are explicitly visualized and contrasted with Jae-nyeon’s, implicitly revealed only by her acquaintances’ assumptions.
Five Days to Dance | Director: Rafa Molés Pepe Andreu
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Spain | Language: English, German, Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
Monday morning, two choreographers show up in a High School in San Sebastián, Spain. They have five days to get a classroom full of teenagers on stage and perform a dance theatre. The dance forces the teenagers to break their social roles right at the moment of their lives when such predetermined cultural positions are being solidified. As the saying goes, "If people can dance together, people can live together."